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Minutes - Risk Committee Meeting

Committee members present: Steve Crocker, Steve Goldstein, Rajasekhar Ramaraj and Bruce Tonkin - chair.

Other Board members present: Peter Dengate Thrush and Suzanne Woolf

Staff members present: Geoff Bickers, Doug Brent, John Jeffrey, Diane Schroeder, Greg Rattray, Amy Stathos and Kevin Wilson

The following is a summary of discussions, actions taken and actions identified:

  • Discussed and agreed role of the Committee per charter. Staff to look into setting up informal meeting with chairs of risk, audit and finance committees.
  • Discussed, validated and enhanced proposed risk management framework. Action: Staff to conduct enterprise risk assessment with outside support and input from Committee members; staff to begin instituting risk management as part of key project planning; staff to identify exigent risks.
  • Discussed first cut core ICANN objectives and identification of the critical processes and assets that support those objectives. Action: Staff to conduct further analysis.
  • Discussed and adjusted work plan
  • Discussed schedule for next meeting
Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."